Fibre internet in South Africa is finally here, providing us with the high speed internet we have craved for so long. With speeds which are significantly faster than anything we have ever experienced before, with 100Mbps not being uncommon. With a variety of packages available offering a selection of data amounts and line speeds, you can easily take the leap to having a world class high speed internet connection of your own.
So how do you make the most of this incredible new technological advancement? Since you have taken the time and spent the money to upgrade your internet connection, you should be aware that there might be a few other areas which you might need to address in order to make the most of your new, high speed fibre internet connection.
Depending on whether you are using a wired of wireless connection to connect to the internet, you have a couple of options which will help you get the best possible speeds out of your fibre internet connection.
Using an Ethernet connection
While this might simply not be an option for some people, using an Ethernet cable will give you the highest possible data and internet transfer speeds. Despite the convenience that a WIFI router offers you, allowing you to connect all of your devices to the internet regardless of where you are in the building, WIFI connection speeds are often sub-par when compared to the lightning fast connection that a wired connection can offer.
With some of the new wired routers offering speeds of up to 1Gbps, the speeds that a WIFI router can offer you simply do not even begin to compare to the blistering pace of a wired connection.
Make sure your wireless router is up to date
If you simply do not have the option of using a wired router, you might find that you are not seeing any improvement in your internet speeds despite your new, super fast fibre internet connection. If this is the case, ten you probably need to upgrade your wireless router, as older models will offer much slower connection speeds, negating the higher seeds that your new connection has to offer.
Depending on the standard which your WIFI router supports, you will be limited to the speeds that the router can transfer. A router using an older standard such as 802.11b will not offer any acceptable data transfer seeds, which is why it is important to make sure that your router is u to date and offers the very latest WIFI standards.
Weighing up the pro’s and con’s
While a wireless router might offer a lot of flexibility, easy access for all your devices, and speeds which are generally acceptable, you will need to ensure that you have a good, up to date router in order to see any benefit of the lightning fast internet speeds that fibre internet has to offer. Although you might never see the full potential that your connection has to offer, a WIFI router will offer you convenience that a wired connection never can.
If you are after the best possible speed, and have a dedicated workstation from which you will be using the internet, then an Ethernet connection is certainly the way to go in order to see the full potential of what your fibre internet connection has to offer.